Nutrition is hard to get 'right'. It takes time to find a regimen that works for you. It took years before Tarahlynn figured out how to fuel her body the right way. "I started using PumpUp right around the beginning of my fitness journey," she mentioned. "I ran cross country for a few years, so running was really all I knew. I paid no attention to what I ate or how much I was eating. I didn't eat breakfast or lunch, just little meals and a big dinner. At some point in the day, I would go for 1-3 mile runs and I had no idea how to properly provide my body with necessary nutrients."
After Anna joined the PumpUp community in January 2015, she made a complete lifestyle transition. "PumpUp was an amazing source of motivation," she shared. "I have accomplished so many things thanks to PumpUp. Now, I hit the gym 5 times a week. It's something I would have never done before. I am also more self-confident."
"I've always been 'The Fat One'," recalled Marita. "I was bullied when I was younger and I started dieting when I was 12 years old. I've never been quite happy with myself, except from 2011-2012. I was what I considered to be a healthy weight, and I was happy with my body." After an ankle surgery made exercising nearly impossible for Marita, she fell into a deep depression because of all the weight she gained
Food used to be the solution to all of Anna's problems. It was her coping mechanism. "I was always heavier as a child and throughout my high school years," she revealed. "I ate anything and everything whenever I wanted it. I ate when I was bored or stressed [...and] I was a sweet tea addict." Anna hardly ever found the motivation to exercise, either. She spent most of her time sitting down, either at home or at school. Here's how she changed her life.
In January 2015, Adeliza's doctor informed her that she was on track to developing colon cancer. "At the age of 24, nobody wants to hear that," she remembered. "I had stomach pains and I wasn't digesting everything properly." From that point onward, Adeliza decided to change her habits for the better. She abandoned her former lifestyle, which consisted of little to no exercise and a diet filled with fried foods. Here's how she did it.
Nobody's transformation story is ever completely straightforward. As a child, Rachel was constantly in and out of of the hospital because she had kidney disease. By the time she was nearly four years old, she already had 8 surgeries - one of which removed her left kidney. "My right kidney had to do the job of two kidneys, which caused [its] protective layer to be stretched thin," she recounted. "Because of this, the doctor told my parents that I should never play any sports or do anything that could cause me to fall on my right side."
Jessica was diagnosed with high cholesterol and hypertension at a very young age. She decided to get her health on the right track in order to avoid medication. When Jessica downloaded PumpUp 8 months ago, she sought motivation that was exclusively related to fitness. "I wanted to be held accountable every single day over the course of my new journey," she insisted. "With PumpUp, I am held accountable every day. Every time I log in, I see motivation. The people and comments keep me going."
As a stay-at-home mother, excuses came pretty easily for Charlotte. She used to gorge on unhealthy snacks and avoided exercising at all cost. "My life is pretty busy with family and house duties, [being] a stay-at-home mom who home-schools my 4 children under [the age of] 6," Charlotte admitted. "I don’t even know my highest weight because I was too ashamed to weigh myself when I first started out."
Making a lifestyle change can be overwhelming. For the sake of convenience, Danielle often ate out at fast food joints such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken. "I never did any exercise - I was really lazy," she recalled. "I would come home from work, sit in bed on my laptop until I went to sleep, and I would snack a lot." Eight months ago, Danielle joined the PumpUp community because she wanted to live a life full of intention, positivity, and accountability.
Healthy eating and regular exercise were hardly priorities for Makayla. "I ate what I wanted and when I wanted it," she remembered. "Fast food, chips, pizza, candy, etc. I would nap or watch TV on the couch all day." Makayla barely drank water and munched on processed snacks all day, rather than eating real meals. "I was never actually full," she admitted. Seven months ago, Makayla joined the PumpUp community because she wanted to start living a healthier lifestyle. "I was at the highest weight I've ever been: 209 lbs," she recalled. "I wasn't happy with that number and I definitely wanted to make a change. I found PumpUp through Instagram. I was looking for more ways to get motivated and it has changed my life since!"
It was Simon's ambition to run five kilometres without stopping. Though Simon already enlisted the help of a Couch to 5K program, he also needed some encouragement along the way. "I looked for a fitness app to give me tips and found PumpUp," he shared. "The likes and comments give you a great feeling of achievement, which gives you the encouragement to carry on."
When Meagan's physician told her that she needed to have her gallbladder removed, she knew that her health was deteriorating. "[I had] a fatty liver [and] I was extremely overweight for my body type," she recalled. "It was beginning to take a toll on my body. Diabetes runs in both sides of my family and I was on my way to having it myself if I didn’t make a change. I worked hard to lose the weight so that my liver wouldn’t have a buildup of fat on in and I never looked back."
After Justine became a mother of three, she realized that her metabolism wasn't as fast as it used to be. "I really started using PumpUp around March 2015 because I gained a lot of weight after I had my children, I didn't lead a very healthy lifestyle, and I didn't feel good about myself any more," she revealed. "I needed to change my lifestyle not only for myself, but for my children."
Anxiety negatively impacted Julie's life, to the point where her physical health was in danger. "I've always had bad anxiety ever since I was little," she admitted."I think it started when my grandfather passed away when I was 5 years old." Julie hardly ever slept and ate large portions of comfort food to cope with the emotional turmoil that stirred inside of her. "[The eating], combined with not caring for myself got me to my highest weight of 361 lbs," she stated.
As an overweight child, Trenton was a victim of bullying and the subject of jokes. "It started at the age of 10— I didn't notice it at the time," he recalled. "I didn't care about how I looked. I was just a kid. As I got older, the bullying got worse and I kept getting bigger." The constant derision and laughter about Trenton's weight began to take its toll. "I was a freshman in high school and I was crying myself to sleep at night," he admitted. "My dad got me into fitness and gave me the tools that I needed to lose weight and lead a happier and healthier lifestyle."
When Rachel was just 24 years old, she received a scary prognosis. "My doctor told me that if I [maintained] the lifestyle I was living, I would end up in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank by the time I turned 40," she recalled. "I probably would have died." Eighteen months ago, Rachel weighed nearly 500 pounds and couldn't walk a block without being short of breath. Rachel's transformation began after she made subtle changes to her lifestyle. "
Sara was constantly immersed in an atmosphere of negativity. This stifled her from achieving her health and fitness goals. "I put on a fake smile and pretended that I didn't hear the laughs," she recalled. "I joined PumpUp at 186 lbs. [Though I experienced] a lot of ups and downs, I never gave up. I kept going, and it's only because of the endless support that PumpUp gave me.
Be who you want to be - not what others want to see. "I stubbornly believe in being happy with myself, and not for other people," said Cara, a PumpUp member whose awe-inspiring transformation captivated our attention. She lost an astounding 75 lbs over the last four years.
"I got to a point where I [knew that I needed] to just love myself if I was going to get better," Onya explained. "I started to enjoy life. In that moment, [I was] so comfortable in my skin that I could truly walk nude through the streets of America. I starting wondering, 'If I feel so good about myself fat, how happy and confident could I feel at a healthier me?'".
Soda might be tasty, but it can destroy your eating habits. Before Adriana joined PumpUp, she used to drink three cans of sodas a day. "Soda was my thing," she recalled. "It was really bad. [On top of that], I didn't do any type of exercise. I was 'too lazy' for it - that was always my excuse." The excuses piled on and on to the point where Adriana felt her health deteriorating because of her soda addiction. "I was just out of control," she confessed.